Before reading further, be sure to check out part 1 of this article, which outlines my first 15 days on the Whole30 plan.
So, days 15 to 30…the home stretch! Honestly, the longer I was on this plan the easier it was to follow. While I often find my natural tendency is to avoid rules, I am certainly did my best to stick to them. Was I “perfect?” Eh, maybe not! But I’d give myself a 95% adherence rating over the past month. Below I have outlined some more of my meal ideas, recipes, eating out suggestions, and a summary of my health outcomes over the past month.
- Red Star– steak salad (no cheese)
- Pitango Cafe & Bakery- almond milk latte with cinnamon
- Alma Cocina Latina– ceviche
- Barracuda’s Tavern– Key West Shrimp salad
- Teavolve– vegetable omelet
- Cava Mezze– roasted vegetables, Greet green’s salad (no cheese), lamb chops
- Iron Rooster– Grilled apple salad (no cheese or “spicy” almonds) add chicken
- I lost 3lbs in 1 month without trying to lose weight. I did not track my calories or keep count of portions.
- My eczema/dermatitis (on my arms, legs, and torso) completely cleared up!
- My acne on my face cleared up!
- I had less bloating and stomach pain after eating
- Additionally, I was able to identify additional food sensitivity issues due to the simplicity of the diet. I realized I still reacted to foods that contained sesame seeds.
In conclusion, this was a worthwhile experience…but I’m ready to start reintroducing some of the eliminated foods! The Whole30 plan encourages mindfully bringing one food at a time back into the diet to see how your body feels with each new addition. By the end of the reintroduction process I will have a balanced and less restrictive food list that will also help support my overall health goals. I dare you…try out this plan and see how it goes! Explore how you feel and learn more about your relationship with food. It’s just 30-days…what do you have to lose?